Clearly Printed with Gelli®!

Put a twist on your monoprinting experience  — use gel medium instead of paint to create some clearly different Gelli® prints! Watch this video for a clear idea …

Gel medium is essentially acrylic paint without pigment. It goes on milky white and dries clear. We’re making a clear print, which we’ll use as a resist. This technique will work with either gloss or matte. I’m using Golden Regular Gel Gloss Medium— but use what you have and see how it prints.

Take advantage of the transparent medium and create prints on interesting paper! Like … book pages, sheet music, maps, pre-printed paper and so on. Try printing over a handwritten journal page, or your own doodles or stampings. And deli paper will give you wonderful translucent papers to use for layered collage. So many possibilities!

Here’s the process…

1.  Apply the medium to your plate — same as you would with paint — then roll out with a brayer. Create textures and patterns in the gel (just like you would with paint). 

Note:  I’m using some wonderful stencils from StencilGirl! I especially love their designs with large open areas, where I can add additional texture to individualize how the printed pattern will look. To do that, place the stencil onto the painted plate. Immediately place other texture(s) onto the stencil — press gently, then remove.

StencilGirl Stencils

Some good choices for textures to press into open areas in stencils include:  Embossed paper, plastic mesh, crumpled wax paper, cheesecloth, rubbing plates, and punchinella.

2.  Cover with paper, rub to transfer gel medium — and pull a print.

3.  Remove the stencil and quickly cover with fresh paper and pull another print. If there’s enough medium remaining on the plate, this will create an interesting clear ghost print.

The next step reveals the magic in the print! 

4.  Apply a thin wash of color to your dry prints and see what happens! The printed gel resists the wash. What fun! I especially love adding color with Ranger’s Distress Stains!

5.  Wipe the stained print with a damp paper towel. This will remove residual color from the clear areas revealing a bolder pattern with higher contrast.

You’ll find plenty of suggested ways to add color to your clear Gelli® print in the previous blog post, Are We There Yet.  If you haven’t read it — or are looking for inspiration — please take a look 🙂

Go ahead and try a “clear” day of printing for a different kind of Gelli® print! And please share your prints on the Gelli Arts® Facebook page!




Our fabulous prize package includes:  

One lucky winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday – April 22nd and announced here on the blog — and on our Facebook page.

To be entered to win, all you need to do is leave a comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page. All comments must include an email address. 

Want to double your chance to win? Simply subscribe to our YouTube channel and we’ll enter your name twice. If you’ve already subscribed, let us know 🙂

And a special thanks to MaryBeth Shaw, of StencilGirl, for supplying the wonderful stencils!!!


Good luck — and Happy Printing!

500 thoughts on “Clearly Printed with Gelli®!”

  1. Just found out about Gelli plate monoprinting today and it looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for the giveaway! My e-mail is anda11thatjazz at yahoo dot com.

  2. We have a WINNER!! Ann Marie… aka Gramma Annie is the proud new owner of a 6×6 Gelli plate, some fabulous Stencil Girl stencils and a set of the Ranger Distress Stains! Congratulations Gramma Annie!!!

  3. I'd love to win the small gelli plate. Somewhere in my studio my 8×10 gelli plate is hidden… searched for 2 days and still can't find it. I sure like printing with the gelli plate.

  4. This is just FANTASTIC! I'm watching this technique for the first time and can't stop watching all of the videos with the endless possibilities! Now I just have to figure out which size to buy!

  5. I am in Bermuda where these are not available so I made my own gelatin plate using Knox gelatin. I tried your techniques and have found it to be quite fun! I would love one of your plates as the homemade ones dissintegrate! I hope you'll pick me to receive one!!!!

  6. I think that is a fabulous idea to use a gel medium as a resist! Already a subscriber to your videos, just wish you made a video every day! ♥

  7. We had a family night with our Gelli printing plate. My daughters, ages 7, 5, and 2 became instant artists! But now I find it hard to share. xx

  8. PhD in Distance Learning by Melissa Nelson

    Now, that’s something new and superb! I’m finding it a little bit difficult with the instructions. I’ll have to read it over again, I guess. But anyway, thanks for the video and tips. And most of all thanks a million for sharing this new idea. It’s something unique and my kids will love it.
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  9. PhD in Distance Learning by Nina Richard

    Now, that’s something new and superb! I’m finding it a little bit difficult with the instructions. I’ll have to read it over again, I guess. But anyway, thanks for the video and tips. And most of all thanks a million for sharing this new idea. It’s something unique and my kids will love it.

  10. his is one popular give away, approaching 500 comments. While the odds are not so good, I will still throw my comment up here for a chance to win.

  11. I love my gell plate that i had to have the 6 x 6 one also for atc's…….. it is one of the best creations……………. cannot wait to try this techniique…….. the stencils are awesome……

  12. Wow! always wanted to try Gelli printing. This is a must and I would love to teach this at the local quilt shop!

  13. You have so many great techniques, and this is just another one. I can't wait to try it! BPStamps at citlink dot com.

  14. Suzanne Denning

    I LOVE this idea. I will have more paper than I have projects to use it on. Hope I win? LOL

  15. Again, more magic with Gelli plates and stains. I love the idea of using the gel medium as a mask…great ideas and fun techniques.

  16. Ain't No Ninny

    What a great technique! I definitely want to add that to my repertoire! I'm all set but I'd love to win the 6×6 gelli plate and those StencilGirl stencils! Thanks for another great technique to use.

  17. Now I have something to do with all the old sheet music and plat books. I can paint my trails to the best blueberries, hazelnuted hills and prickely raspberries. Thank you for making this offer open again, I've been wishing for it since the first day I stumbled into your gelli land.

  18. Hi fellow fun Gelli printers, i am always happy to expand on my techniques and products, there is always room made for more lol! Thank you Gelli for sharing another great technique,your You Tube,FB, website and blog !

  19. Hello fellow fun Gelli printers,new techniques and products are so wonderful to keep us inspired, thanks to Gelli for another awesome give a way, Always fun ! good luck everyone and me too lol 🙂

  20. Wow!! This is one of the most beautiful and interesting techniques I have seen lately! My gift to myself is some creative time before the New Year so I will definitely be trying this out! Great, easy to follow video tutorial too!

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